World AIDS Day: Progress Seen, but Inequities Persist

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By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Some advancement has been made successful the U.S. combat against HIV, with caller infections falling among achromatic cheery and bisexual men implicit the past decade. But their Black and Hispanic counterparts did not spot that advance, wellness officials say.

The continuing inequities amusement up successful a caller study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From 2010 to 2019, the fig of caller HIV infections among achromatic gay/bisexual men fell from 7,500 to 5,100, but remained astir the aforesaid among Black gay/bisexual men (9,000 to 8,900) and roseate among Hispanic gay/bisexual men (from 6,800 to 7,900), researchers found.

“Throughout my career, I person witnessed a translation for those surviving with and astatine hazard for HIV,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said successful an bureau quality release.

“We person the technological tools to extremity the HIV epidemic," Walensky added. "However, to execute this extremity we indispensable admit that inequities successful entree to attraction proceed to beryllium and are an injustice. We indispensable code the basal causes of these ongoing disparities and marque proven HIV prevention and attraction involution disposable to all.”

Black and Hispanic gay/bisexual men were little apt to person an HIV diagnosis, beryllium virally suppressed oregon usage pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to forestall HIV, compared with achromatic gay/bisexual men, according to the CDC Vital Signs report.

For example, successful 2019 researchers recovered that astir 83% of Black and 80% of Hispanic gay/bisexual men with HIV had been diagnosed, compared with 90% of achromatic men. About two-thirds of Black oregon Hispanic gay/bisexual men with diagnosed HIV were virally suppressed, compared with three-quarters of achromatic gay/bisexual men.

Unequal scope of HIV prevention and treatment, higher levels of HIV successful immoderate communities, and systemic inequities are among the reasons for these radical disparities, according to the report. It was released successful conjunction with World AIDS Day connected Wednesday.

HIV-related stigma whitethorn besides play a role. A nationally typical survey of radical diagnosed with HIV recovered that Black and Hispanic gay/bisexual men were much apt than achromatic gay/bisexual men to study experiencing HIV-related stigma.

The CDC is moving with partners done a national inaugural called Ending the HIV Epidemic successful the United States to trim HIV infections by 90% by 2030.

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SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, quality release, Nov. 30, 2021

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